Thursday 6 January 2022

Changing jobs?

How economic change affects the world of work

The labour market has changed substantially over the past 60 years – from fewer factories and more health services, to working with new machines or being replaced by them. In the decade ahead it will change again thanks to Brexit, Covid-19 and the net zero transition. But the relationship between how the labour market as a whole changes and what it means for individuals are more complex than is normally assumed, with job moves often driven by different considerations, such as boosting pay or fitting with wider life choices.

How has recent economic change affected the structure of the UK labour market? Has change become more common as is often claimed? When do workers benefit from job change, and when do they lose out? And how prepared are workers for the big labour market changes coming this decade?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and interactive webinar – as part of The Economy 2030 Inquiry, funded by the Nuffield Foundation – to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from new Resolution Foundation and LSE research on how recent economic change has affected the UK labour market, we will hear from leading experts on how to ensure workers benefit from future labour market shifts.

The event will be broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.